This Virginia is a lot different from the steel-and-glass office parks in Reston.
I mentioned to a Hillary Clinton fundraiser that Clinton should come to Wytheville and get to know the people, and his response was, "If you want to meet Hillary, the price is $5,000 and the events are in Northern Virginia, because there are no votes here." When I said, "Doesn't my vote matter?" His answer was, "LOL, thanks for your vote."
We don't have the economics—jobs, voters and donors that matter—and this coefficient will only expand. Southwest Virginia's economy and demographics are not worth the jet fuel to stop and listen and see the problems that are killing us.
I love Virginia, but in a crisis, you need to tell the truth and tell it fast.
I am hanging a lantern on this problem to shed light on the fact that in one of the very best economies in the world, we are dying.
—By Richard Formato, founder and CEO of Wytheville, Virginia-based SalesEdge and a member of the CNBC-YPO Chief Executive Network.
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